UEFA: 2011-12 Europa League group stage draw
The draw for the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League group stage was made in Monaco today. 2009 winners Atlético de Madrid are arguably the biggest club involved in this season’s competition and they will have been relatively pleased with a draw which placed them in Group I alongside Italian Champions League drop-outs Udinese Calcio, French side Stade Rennais and Swiss side FC Sion.
The surprise package of the draw is, without doubt, Irish part-timers Shamrock Rovers whose 3-2 aggregate defeat of Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade ensured their place in the group stage for the very first time. They have been given a tough draw in Group A with English two-time UEFA Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur, two-time Russian champions Rubin Kazan and Greek side PAOK Thessaloniki.
Here is the full draw for the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League group stage:
GROUP A: Tottenham Hotspur; Rubin Kazan; PAOK; Shamrock Rovers
GROUP B: FC København; Standard de Liège; Hannover 96; Vorskla Poltava
GROUP C: PSV Eindhoven; Hapoel Tel Aviv; Rapid Bucharest; Legia Warsaw
GROUP D: Sporting Clube de Portugal; SS Lazio; FC Zürich; FC Vaslui
GROUP E: Dynamo Kyiv; Beşiktaş; Stoke City; Maccabi Tel Aviv
GROUP F: Paris Saint Germain; Athletic Bilbao; Red Bull Salzburg; Slovan Bratislava
GROUP G: AZ Alkmaar; Metalist Kharkiv; Austria Wien; Malmö FF
GROUP H: Sporting Braga; Club Brugge; Birmingham City, NK Maribor
GROUP I: Atlético de Madrid; Udinese Calcio; Stade Rennais; FC Sion
GROUP J: Schalke 04; Steaua Bucharest; Maccabi Haifa; AEK Larnaca
GROUP K: FC Twente Enschede; Fulham FC; Odense Boldklub; Wisła Kraków
GROUP L: RSC Anderlecht; AEK Athens; Lokomotiv Moscow; Sturm Graz